Waipu fire site de­mo­li­tion be­gins

The Northern Advocate - - Front Page - Dan­ica MacLean

De­mo­li­tion of the re­mains of three Waipu shops de­stroyed by fire has be­gun.

The shops — a cafe, a herbal sup­plies shop and a phar­macy — were de­stroyed by an ac­ci­den­tal fire in the early hours of Septem­ber 30.

At the time, peo­ple were asked to stay in­doors and keep their win­dows closed due to an as­bestos risk.

NPM Con­struc­tion and NPM Re­me­di­a­tion manag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Boyd said his com­pany had been con­trac- ted by the var­i­ous in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to clean up the site.

Boyd said they started at the site on Thurs­day and he was al­low­ing a week and a half to com­plete the job.

He said the waste from the site was dou­ble-layer wrapped in a “big co­coon” and trans­ported to Puw­era Land­fill where it was buried.

“It goes to a spe­cial­ist part of the tip, set up for con­tam­i­nated waste.”

The weather was “play­ing the game” by rain­ing, as it keeps dust down.

He said they were also spray­ing the site with a par­ti­cle bin­der to de­crease the amount of dust. Ad­di­tion­ally, Boyd said, an in­de­pen­dent com­pany had air mon­i­tors in the sur­round­ing area to make sure they are keep­ing to ac­cepted dust lev­els while car­ry­ing out their work.

He said they were fol­low­ing the strict reg­u­la­tions for work­ing in a con­tam­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment. His staff are wear­ing pro­tec­tive suits and masks as part of those reg­u­la­tions.

Boyd said Work­Safe, the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil and the Whanga¯rei District Coun­cil were also mon­i­tor­ing the work they were do­ing.

PHOTO / TA­NIA WHYTE

Con­trac­tors from NPM Re­me­di­a­tion hose down the Waipu site as de­mo­li­tion is car­ried out.

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